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Saturday, March 06, 2004

More VB.Net talk - [9:04 AM]

Phil Webber: "Most of the angst I see regarding the lack of compatibility between "Classic" VB and VB.NET comes from people who have used VB not as a RAD tool, but rather to develop large, complex applications." - I had some interaction with Phil back in 1990, I believe. Back when I was writing agricultural accounting software! Phil helped me get through some cross language development issues. Pascal vs. C calling convention. At that time you could link libraries written in C with applications written in Basic. That was so darned nice! It's kind of like using .NET assemblies written in different languages today.

Anywho, Phil has an interesting take on the VB.Net vs. Classic VB porting issues.
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True, how true... - [8:53 AM]

Since my job has changed from desktop development to web development I can attest to the following quote being as true and anything I've EVER read.

"Running your application in the browser is like having your office in the elevator." - Alan Cooper

It seems like computing likes to take a step backwards every few years, then we come back to an acceptable level after years of tinkering. Like going from text based apps to the GUI. If you want to take a 2Ghz. machine and turn it back into a 8.66Mhz. desktop just write an application in a browser. Smile, life is good! With flexibility comes tradeoffs, right?

I'm probably sounding overly negative, but don't take it like that. I'm new to this environment and I'm probably making a bunch of rookie mistakes.
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Laughing my butt off! - [8:27 AM]

Scripting News: "A year of Harvard blogging down the drain. Winer does the honorable thing and kills himself." - I just about fell outta my chair when I read that line. Dave, you crack me up!

I'm glad things worked out.
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Time flies like fruit, fruit flies like bananas - [8:25 AM]

Watch out! It's a blog fly!Around this time last year: "We arrived home Saturday night around 10:00, hopped in bed got up this morning around 6:30 for church, zipped back home, had lunch, packed and now I'm in Seattle sitting at my desk getting a build started so I can work tomorrow. Long tiring weekend." - Little did I know at the time it would be my last trip to Seattle as a Microsoft employee. Reading that this morning made me a bit sad. It's very hard to explain that feeling. Most people will NEVER have the opportunity to work with the wonderful people I had the honor of working with over that ten year period. It was undoubtedly the most fulfilling time of my professional life. At this point I doubt I'll ever be able to experience that again. RC says I should write a book about those days; he's right, I should. Software in the late 80's and early 90's was so darned exciting. We didn't know if what we were working on was going to make it or not, but we were confident it would be KILLER software regardless of it's popularity. It was a time of intense competition. It made things interesting and exciting. We were constantly racing to be the best. Now things cookie-cutter. Most software comes from one place and where's the next KILLER application? Weird times IMHO.

I wish you could have experienced it.
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Friday, March 05, 2004

Thank God for small favors! - [3:57 PM]

K. Scott Allen's Blog [via Scoble]: "Although Bill Gates says it wont happen, here are 10 things Id like to see if Microsoft would acquire Disney" - It's a funny thought, that Top-10, but I for one would cry if that happened. Disney would really go down the toilet if Microsoft bought them. Could you imagine a Clippy character running around Disneyland, or even worse Microsoft Bob?

Microsoft can stick to what it does best, marketing software, leave family entertainment to someone else.
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Speaking of Disney... - [8:49 AM]

MSNBC: "Disney splits top posts; Eisner pulled as chair" - I used a Disney film on purpose yesterday. There was some good news yesterday on the Save Disney front, Michael Eisner was booted off the board. I'm convinced more than ever it was the right thing to do after hearing Eisner in an interview yesterday. He spoke about how right things were under his leadership, but he was speaking ONLY about the financial aspects. I know that's important but there is an entire class of people that expect MORE from Disney. We expect the Magic Kingdom, friendly faces and family atmosphere. I think that's been lost and it's more important to me than any one thing when I visit Disneyland. The last time we were there we were appalled by the lack of cleanliness and rude cast members. We wrote to the company and never heard back. Great PR fellas. Anywho, it's nice to see them try to right the ship.
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Movie line of the week answer - [8:34 AM]

Yesterday's movie line comes from my favorite Disney animated film. It's really hard to believe this movie is 13 years old, time just zips by doesn't it?

Our winner is non other than Da-Moose Da-Moo-ooose (from a song my girls love to sing), congratulations Moose! Thanks to everyone that visited.

The correct guess was...

See, you knew the answer, didn't ya?
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Thursday, March 04, 2004

Good questions for Movable Type users - [8:55 AM]

Rodent Regatta: "I need to know some things. I've got projects to do and how they get done depends on the feature set of Movable Type 3.0." - I've been thinking about switching to Movable Type for quite some time, to be honest I just don't have the time to make the switch. The biggest question I have for the MT folks is why don't you support multiple backends? I'd like to use Postgres or Microsoft SQL Server.
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Movie line of the week - [8:47 AM]

Cut, cut, cut!Good morning movie liners.

This line is brought to you by the letters M and E, and the number 43.

Are you ready? Get set.... Go!

Plenty! Picture this... a rustic hunting lodge... my latest kill roasting over the fire... and my little wife, massaging my feet... while the little ones play on the floor with the dogs... we'll have six or seven.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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